One of the ten nominees for Best Picture in the Oscar race is An Education. Carey Mulligan, who plays the 16-year-old lead, has also been nominated for Best Actress and Nick Hornby up for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Hornby wrote the screenplay based on the first chapter of a memoir by British journalist Lynn Barber, a fascinating and well-known figure in the UK, where she is called “The Demon Barber” for her no-holds-barred interviews. The screenplay is the official tie-in to the movie, but the full memoir was not available in the U.S.

That was rectified last month when Atlas & Co. published it in the U.S. for the first time. Editor James Atlas describes it on the publisher’s web site,

…when I got my hands on the book, which was published in England last year to great critical acclaim, I was surprised to discover how much more there was to it than the story of a bookish adolescent seduced—and “educated”—by an older man. The memoir, by the fearsome journalist Lynn Barber, whose acerbic profiles have made the teeth of the chattering classes chatter, tells her story from beginning to . . . well, not end, but what is now tactfully called late middle age. Along the way are stints at Penthouse and (ill-fatedly) Vanity Fair; cameo appearances on a TV show called Grumpy Old Women; and a complex marriage that endures. It’s a classic British memoir, and we’re proud to bring it to an American audience.

As a further inducement, the publisher has also made a sample chapter available:

Download a sample chapter [pdf]

An Education
Lynn Barber
Retail Price: $13.00
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Atlas – (2010-01-29)
ISBN / EAN: 1934633852 / 9781934633854


An Education
Nick Hornby
Retail Price: $14.00
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Trade – (2009-10-06)
ISBN / EAN: 1594484538 / 9781594484537

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